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22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

* Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 874-2116

R.I. Geriatric Center presents cultural competence
program for health care providers

KINGSTON, R.I.- Sept. 17, 2002- The Rhode Island Geriatric Center will present a workshop and teleconference on "Integrating Cultural Competence into Geriatric Clinical Care" on Sept. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Video technology will allow for full participation by attendees at either Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I. and Falmouth Hospital in Falmouth, Mass.

The workshop will feature presentations on the principles and practices of culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services, strategies to deliver these services, cross-cultural interactions, policy development, chronic conditions among various ethnic and cultural groups and educational resources and services.

The Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center is a consortium of the University of Rhode Island Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Human Science and Services, Rhode Island College School of Social Work, Brown Medical School and Aging 2000. The center was established to improve knowledge and skills in geriatrics and gerontology among health care and human service providers to better serve the needs of a growing elderly population.

Guest speakers at the workshop will be Felicia A. Batts and Ameia Yen-Patton. Batts is managing the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program at the San Joaquin Valley Health Consortium in Fresno, Calif. and serves as a consultant with the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Yen-Patton is a gerontological nurse practitioner consultant and associate director of the Bay View Retirement Life Care Community/ Home for the Aged People of Fall River in Massachusetts. There will also be a panel of health and human service professionals who will address related issues. Continuing education credits are available.

The registration fee is $85 for attendance at Bryant College and $50 for attendance at Falmouth Hospital. Participants may register on-line at Group rates are available.

For more information, call the Rhode Island Geriatric Center at 874-5311 or visit


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